LaVaun Swanson, 94 of West Fargo, ND went home to be with her Lord in heaven on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Eventide in Fargo, ND, surrounded by loved ones, Eventide staff and under the care of “Hospice of the Red River Valley.”

LaVaun was born on May 28, 1925 in Fargo, ND. She graduated from Central High School in Crookston, MN. She married Edwin Gustaf Swanson on January 6, 1947. LaVaun and Edwin lived in several different places, making their last home in West Fargo, ND.

LaVaun had been a long-time member of the Ladies Auxiliary post 1902 in Crookston, MN.

LaVaun was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church in Crookston, MN. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and was very active in each church she attended with the lady’s circle, newsletters, and quilting.

LaVaun and Edwin had no children, but they adopted everyone else’s children and tried to spoil them as much as they could, especially their nieces and nephews.

LaVaun is survived by her sister Eleanor (Opperud) Ness of Meza, AZ, sister-in-law Gladys (Meine) Opperud of Crookston, MN and brother-in-law Arnie Hoffe of Dakota, MN. Three godchildren, Rose (Opperud) Borslien of West Fargo, ND, JoAnn Meyer of Aurora, MN, Brian Johnson of Grand Forks, ND and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Edwin; her parents, Olaf and Estella (Patenaude) Opperud; brothers, Lloyd Opperud and Raymond Opperud; sisters, Mary Lou Hoffe, Alice Johnson, Gloria Kansanback/Oihus; and brothers-in-law, Lyle Kansanback, Earl Johnson, Gordy Oihus, and Luther Ness; sister-in-law Isabelle Opperud; nephews Robert Opperud, Paul Ness, Bruce Horton, and Bruce Johnson; niece Diane (Opperud) Domier; grandnephews Ronnie Opperud and Michael Johnson and great grandnieces Katie Burris and Kassandra Hedland.

Celebration of Life will be held at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home Friday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN following the Celebration of Life service.

The family asks that all memorials be made out to Hospice of the Red River Valley.